What has happened to us?

It's an easy thing to assume. That this world has gone to hell and is deteriorating at an increasing speed. The media has played a big part in the downfall of morality but what else? What else went wrong?

I was inspired to research this further after seeing a group of preteens boasting about their sexual conquests on the ever-popular MySpace. I was not only disgusted, but confused. I remember being twelve. I was still naive enough to be content with my life. I was innocent and wide-eyed, taking in the world eagerly. I remember just barely having an interest in boys. How could these girls have went so wrong? Of course I blamed the media and parenting but then I started to wonder how we let the media take control of our children, and how in some cases, parenting got so bad.

There were always bad parents, I'm sure. Parents that were confused, whose priorities were not in check. I can't help but think that the number of bad parents have been exponentially increased. Some people's opinions have to do with the feminism acts of the late sixties and early seventies. Mothers were encouraged to leave their children in order to get a job. Feminists argued that women were as capable as men ,and thus, should be employed. As an increasing interest in drugs and rebellion began to sweep the world, children were left at home to be influenced by the media, and their friends, usually with much less guidance from their parents.

Around the sixties drugs became a staple in pop culture. Artists such as Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix gave a face to drug culture. The youth, having
such impressionable minds, began to take after their favorite singers and bands. As drugs became more and more popular so did the idea of "free love". Something that made sex seem like nothing, or just another past time.

You could say morals began to deflate in the sixties. The 70's and the seemingly more conservative 80's, were just a stepping stone to our world now. When gang terminology is thrown around lightly. When drugs are more accesible than ever. When mere children our thrown into the danger of adulthood. All generations had their mishaps, even going back to the lost generation of the Victorian and post-Victorian ages, where soldiers and their families began to question every aspect of their society. But our generation seems to be just plain ripping at the seams and on the brink of falling apart.

This world is an uncertain place as of now. I hope that one day we can come around, maybe think back in disgust of what our youth went through, but sometimes I am not so sure.

Posted on September 10th, 2007 at 12:57am

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